• Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★½

    Candyman 2021 is a less gothic take on the mythos compared to the original. The conflict comes from those who seek to use the urban legend for fame and fortune, who turn out to be as destructive as the actual villains.

    The story follows an artist named Anthony and his girlfriend who have moved to the site of the newly rebuilt Cambrini Green housing project. The legend of Candyman has been forgotten over the previous 27 years but a chance…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★★

    Candyman is a slasher tragedy which also gives a disturbing perspective on American racism.

    The story follows Chicago student Helen Lyle as she investigates the myth of Candyman, a supernatural being reputed to murder anyone who says his name five times in front of a mirror. She discovers that the monster is connected to horrendous events from the city’s past, and that whilst it may be easy to enter his realm escaping it is another matter.

    The film is held…

  • Kate

    Kate

    ★★★

    Kate is an enjoyable but derivative thrill ride with a bare bones plot.

    The titular character has been raised as a hitman by her enigmatic mentor Varrick and trained in martial arts, sharpshooting and close combat. She makes a failed attempt to kill a Yakuza leader and afterwards realizes that she has been poisoned with radiation, giving her only 24 hours to live. Armed with stimulants, a rifle and deadly combat skills she sets out to hunt down the reclusive…

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

    ★★★

    Cinderella is pure panto but with enough light hearted charm to avoid being an ugly stepsister of a movie.

    The plot follows the original fairy tale with minor changes. Cinderella is a mistreated stepchild with a plan to establish her own line of dress shops in an ambiguously medieval kingdom. She has a chance meeting with the dim-witted Prince Robert, and is then visited by Billy Porter’s Fabulous Godmother who gives her an opportunity to go to the palace ball…

  • Wrong Turn

    Wrong Turn

    ★★½

    The Wrong Turn reboot is smarter than the original, but has a weak story and lacks visceral scares.

    The story focuses on a group of young people hiking the Appalachian Trail who find themselves in a seedy town filled with suspicious locals. As they set off into the woods they discover that they have wandered into the territory of a hidden group who are murderously aggressive towards outsiders, and that the hillbillies have plenty of traps, bows, sticks and other…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    Fury Road is a shot of adrenalin-spiking adventure and one of the best action movies of the last decade.

    The story follows the mythical wanderer Max Rockatansky as he navigates the world of postapocalyptic Australia. He is captured by a clan of car-worshipping scavengers led by the tyrant Immortan Joe, and finds himself in the middle of a plan by the warlord’s top lieutenant Furiosa to free Joe’s wives from slavery. Max begins the movie alienated from the community and…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★★★

    The Imitation Game is an interesting but historically inaccurate drama about one of Britain’s less well known WW2 heroes.

    The film follows a team of codebreakers during World War 2 as they attempt to unravel Germany’s supposedly uncrackable Enigma encryption. Their work is a combination of cutting edge technology and good old-fashioned deduction, and requires a special type of flexibility and intelligence to perform. At the centre of the department is Alan Turing, a young genius who has the perfect…

  • Witchfinder General

    Witchfinder General

    ★★

    Witchfinder General has some powerful moments but an uneven, exploitative execution. Vincent Price’s performance elevates the film to slightly above the gutter.

    The plot is rudimentary and follows historical figure Matthew Hopkins as he runs a con game during the English Civil War. He and his henchman roll into town, accuse innocent women of witchcraft and charge the local magistrates a pretty penny to dispose of them. Things go badly for the pair when they victimise the girlfriend of a…

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows

    ★★★★

    What We Do In the Shadows is a hilarious slice of life comedy about vampires, monsters and life in a flat share.

    The story follows a group of vampires living in present-day Wellington, New Zealand. The group have a wide range of personalities; romantic Viago, bad-boy Deacon, hypnotic Vladislav and ancient Petyr, who resembles a giant bat-creature. Their lives are similar to most young New Zealanders; they club, they bicker about chores, and they occasionally drink victims whole. There’s something…

  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    ★★½

    The Final Chapter is a mixed bag of a slasher sequel, with some quirky highlights but a weak underlying story.

    The movie picks up after Jason Vorhees had seemingly been killed for good in Part 3. The legendary killer re-animates in the morgue and heads back towards his stomping grounds in the woods surrounding Crystal Lake. In his way is a typical group of horror movie victims: a house full of teenagers and the Jarvis family, as well as the…

  • Onward

    Onward

    ★★★

    Onward is a middle-of-the-road fantasy adventure and a disappointment compared to Pixar’s recent films.

    Elf brothers Barley and Ian live in a land where magic has faded away and been replaced by technology, and mystical creatures such as trolls, pixies and goblins live side by side in the suburbs. The pair find a last message from their father which reveals that he was a powerful wizard, but their first attempt at a spell goes badly wrong. The duo must embark…

  • Aftermath

    Aftermath

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Aftermath is a terrible horror film full of haunted house clichés and nonsensical plot twists.

    A young couple named Kevin and Natalie have moved into a new house with only one problem: it was recently the site of a gruesome double murder. The pair soon find themselves plagued by strange occurrences; unwanted deliveries, social media posts linking them to hate organizations, and the suspicion that someone else may be in the house with them at night.

    The trolling in the…